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Old 09-08-2009, 18:44   #31
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twice now I've had to loan my rigging cutters to a boat with its stick in the water. I'm surprised more people don't carry them. When a spar starts acting like a battery ram it's no time to be looking for a spare hacksaw blade.
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Old 09-08-2009, 18:58   #32
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best all-time use for bolt cutters

Buddy #1 got married and held the reception at my former yacht club. He parked his boat at the courtesy dock during the reception, I'm not sure why. When he was ready to leave, he asked Buddy #2 to drive his boat back to the slip. He offered his boat keys, but Buddy #2 said he wouldn't need the keys since both boats had Yanmar diesels and anyone with a Yanmar key can start anyone else's boat with a Yanmar diesel.

So Buddy #1 sets off on his honeymoon, and Buddy #2 delivers the boat back to the slip, only to discover that the kill for the diesel is just inside the locked companionway hatch. And, of course, he doesn't have the owner's keys.

So Buddy #2 leaves the boat with the diesel running, and hikes over to my boat to borrow my rigging cutter to cut the lock off the companionway hatch.

The moral of the story is: it's good to keep bolt cutters aboard.
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Old 09-08-2009, 21:12   #33
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I carry an 18v saws-all with a selection of blades. Will cut chain, aluminum, fiberglass, bone, what ever.
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I have a 36" cutter with a hawks bill on it. I have used it to cut my 3/8 cable. I was replacing a swage with a stalok. It cut very quick but sloppy. Of course sloppy doesn't matter in the heat of the moment. I would think this would be quicker than dragging around cords, or reloading?.......i2f
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